Fly Fishing FAQ's
We want you to have a great experience here at Tsylos and to help you prepare for your adventure, here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Fly Fishing at Tsylos Park Lodge.
Can a beginner fly fishing person come to Tsylos Park Lodge?
Yes. Our Fly Fishing packages are fully guided and for those needing lessons or instruction, a guide will be more than happy to assist you. The Chilko River and Chilko Lake are a great spot to learn the sport of fly fishing. We keep a dozen Sage Fly Rods at the lodge for those who need one. Most people bring their own rod and flies, but we do supply them as well. We do ask that everyone signed up for the fly fishing package bring chest waders. An inexpensive pair will do just as well as the expensive kind.
Do we fish on the river or lake or both?
Most anglers who book in for the 7-night stay will fish the lake 1 or 2 days, depending on weather and their preferences. We encourage a lake day, as Chilko Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and the fishing can be outstanding. Fishing clients can also join a day ride on our horses to an adjacent peak. Most of our "riders" are quite good, and we cater to the intermediate, but there are 1 or 2 days when the trail ride is slow and beginner riders can enjoy a daylong ride. Our lodge is located on the banks of the Chilko River and most or all of the fishing days are on the river.
How do we fish the Chilko River?
Usually one day is spent on the "drift boat" taking you down the river about 22 km's and driving back to the lodge by vehicle. We have 4 flat bottom jet sleds that are used as "drift boats" on the river, but have the motor for getting back to the top of the runs. We also keep belly boats (float tubes) for our guests to use, with the guide moving you back to the top of the runs with the jet sled. Most fishing clients spend a good portion of their time wading on the river shelves. It is a good mix of drifting, wading and floating.
What kind of fish is in the system?
The Chilko River and Lake have resident native Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden (Bull Trout), and Mountain Whitefish. We also have ocean run Steelhead, Sockeye Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon and possibly Dolly Varden. The river opens June 11 and we fish for primarily Rainbow Trout. When fishing sub-surface, especially in the lake, you will catch Dolly Varden as well.
What temperature is the water?
Chilko River in late mid to late June runs around 50 degrees F. It can reach up to mid 60's in August, but that is rare. The lake is around high 40's at the south end and closer to the river temperature at the north end.
What flies and rods do we bring?
Once you have arranged a stay with us, we will send you a "trip tips" with all the important flies listed for you to tie or buy at your local fly shop. You can use many different rods. A 9.5 foot 6 weight is ideal. You can use a 5 or 7 weight without any problem. Make sure to bring a floating line and a fast sinking tip line as well.
How many fly fishing guests do you accommodate at one time?
Our lodge can take between 14 guests at a time and this is usually a mix of fly fishers and horseback riders. We normally have 8 anglers at one time unless it is a group booking.
What is your fishing policy?
We started promoting catch and release fly fishing in 1985 and by 1990 we became a "Catch-and-Release" only fly fishing lodge. The river now , by law, is catch-and-release , fly fishing only, single barbless hook and has a bait ban. The regulations on Chilko Lake are single barbless hook and have a bait ban.
What is the fly fishing season?
The Chilko River opens on June 11th and we fish until October 1st. The June weeks are excellent streamer fishing with large size averages. July & August are primarily on the dry fly and once the salmon start running and spawning in early September we move to egg pattern fishing. No matter what time during our fly fishing season that you come, the fishing is great!
How far are we from the fly fishing?
The lodge is located directly on the Chilko River and it is a half mile downstream from the Chilko Lake...why fly out when you just flew in?